Green Lades Pot

Monday 19th Sept – Neil Pacey, Richard Bendall Farcical start, mobile phone left in Inglesport so return made. Fornately bumped into Andy Walsh! Convinced him he should come and sort out the entrance so eventually got up the hill only to find I had left my helmet in the car. Retrieving helmet set off underground to join Neil. GREEN Lades sure lived up to it’s name! Forgot to ask Neil to take out film canister of Lucaphore from bag. It … Read More

Green Laids Pot (McShea’s Mine)

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Green Laids Pot (McShea’s Mine) – The story so far. (Bill, any history that you can add would be much appreciated). Sunday 21st August 2005 – Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald Spurred on after reading Rupert Skorupka’s article in Descent (168) and the description in Northern Caves 3, and forced into action following sickness (drink?) we took a wander over to the pot to see what we could see. The entrance was a mess of old fencing but the critical part … Read More

Green Laids Pot

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Monday 26th September 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall A day of fun at this classic venue! A late start folowed by 30ish rounds of caps set off before departing for Inglesport for tea and cakes and battery charging with the intention of later firing off many rounds in quick succession. From here on in it all started to go wrong. Caps wouldn’t fire properly, rods kept getting stuck, holes drilled into voids and a strong structure which couldn’t be persuaded … Read More

Green Laids Pot

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Thursday 29th September 2005 Dave R, Rich B, Ruth McDonald Continued capping and spoil removal, the corner was gained where we had hoped the pot would pitch. A few more rounds enlarged the area enough for us to see around the corner, passage continues tight for about 2m before it turns left and a short fall is discernable. The passage will continue to cap but would be quicker to bang, Alan Speight has been called in and may do the … Read More

Green Laids Pot

Friday 7th October Richard Bendall, Jim Stevenson, Mick Hodgkinson. Quick trip to clear debris from last night’s activities. Right hand bend now successfully negotiated and a few rounds of caps fired to trim the edges. Now nicely lined up to drive straight ahead to impending pitch only 4 ft away.

Green Laids Pot

Monday 3rd October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Alan Speight. Inglesport start to meet Alan. Up to hole, 5 holes drilled and retreat to surface. Back to Inglesport for Tea & Cake plus recharge the batteries, oh and avoid being gased! Back up to hole and cleared out and capped a bit more. Working the corner to get the rods in full length but will need another trip to fully get round.

Green Laids Pot

Thursday 6th October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Simon Joblin, Ruth McDonald later Jim Stevenson, Alan Speight. Big turn out to principally empty the bottom of spoil accumulated over the weeks. Many rubble sack loads hauled back up the rifts to leave plenty of space for the next assult. Job well done. 5 more holes drilled and a retreat to surface for Ruth to “do the honours”. Return planned for Fri to remove spoil.

Green Laids Pot

Thursday 6th October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Ruth McDonald, Simon Jobling, Richard Bendall, Jim Stevenson, Alan Speight Set about clearing the spoil from previous trips while Richard drilled holes prior to Alans bang. Friday 7th October 2005 Richard and Jim See Separate report Saturday 8th October Dave and Ruth Three rounds of caps let off without much success, only the final round achieved any thing at all. 10cm of progress made at most. Stones dropped down pitch fall for at most … Read More

Green Laids Pot

Monday 10th October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Jim Stevenson, Alan Speight Many rounds of caps set off and good progress to pitch. Out to recharge batteries and eager return. Pitch head opened out but a litttle more work required before descent. Draft noticably absent. Have we filled way on with deads falling down pitch, atmosphreic changes or that bi-annual reversal coming in to play? Hence pitch a bit steamed up but could make out pile of deads about 10m … Read More

Green Laids Pot

Monday 17th October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Brian Ward. Cement and Surveying gear added to usual capping paraphernalia. Dave set a couple of rounds off to open the pitch head up to comfortable dimensions then Richard down pitch and left to start capping open slot. Dave and Brian mixed cement, applied spareingly to stablise climbs just inside the entrance and then surveyed back in. Slot enlarged and Richard shouted back for survey party to join him just as they … Read More

Green Laids Pot

Thursday 27th October 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall, Lee ? Lee, a willing apprentice to the Black Art joined us. Principally a novice capping trip to whet the young lads whistle but progress in the right direction all the same.

Green Laids Pot

Thursday 3rd November 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall Fairly wet conditions. Retrieved ladder from pitch and retreated to entrance where many buckets of sloppy mud and some boulders were removed to reduce the squalour factor for future exits. Rummaged aroind in flood overflow sink taking a lot of water and then called it a day.

Green Laids Pot

Thursday 24th November 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Capping trip with Dave’s recent e-bay purchase(by me!). After 5 very slow holes the drill packed up so early exit. Dave recognised a vehicle parked at Vally Entrance, a customer who lef the shop to do Simpsons at about 2pm. Time now 9:30. Decided to check with AN Others girl friend when he was due back. After deliberating returned to Valley Entrance at 10:30, car still there so call to girlfrient to … Read More

Green Laids Pot

Thursday 15th Dec 2005 Dave Ramsay, Richard Bendall. Inching forward, but feeling siege tactics will come into play. May lay off as we can always come back in the Notts closed season.

Lords Top

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twenty feet of clear, uncapped, undug progress this weekend. The biggest single movement of men and equipment in one day since the dig was started! Things are definitively looking up. twelve feet high, very narrow rift in front with some capping to do. Typical East Kingsdale. Tim

Lords Top

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Pete, Dave, Ruth… After you went Dave I finished capping and had a push at the end. Got to the left hand corner we could see and it looks much better going forward. A roof tube crosses the passage at the corner and you can turn round! It then goes forward on the left with the low stream bedding on the right. The roof tube bit has got a 9inch build up of silt with a thin calcite layer on … Read More

News from the east kingsdale front

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It’s been a good weekend for the Lords Top faithful.. I mentioned during the week a 50ft solo progress through two muddy tubes to open crawlway. Well saturday saw the team push round the next corner to another low bedding with the stream running over gravel, in front an encouraging echo. An hours wallowing dig saw us through to a new streamway some 6ft wide by 1ft high. Upstream was only pushed for 30ft but downstream soon increased to hands … Read More

Lords top and a free telly!

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Lugger, Dave & I surveyed all the main passages on sunday. The totals I received from Lugger were in feet (‘cos they sound bigger?). 1053ft long and 198ft deep or 320x60m in new money. We had a quick poke around the leads and dicovered that the only real way on is a low bedding which requires digging and its in the main stream! The whole cave trends west which is towards the Braida woods but the end turns north, up … Read More

Green Laids Pot

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Thursday 31st August 2006 Dave R, Rich B Cleared out all mud from recent collapse (flushed it down the Pot!) and inspected area with regard to stabilisation holes drilled for rebar to help scaffolding. Also looked at flood overflow and cleared out some rocks. Friday 1st September Dave R Extremely wet! I’ve not seen Kingsdale beck so full. Scaffolded link between collapse and entrance so that hole is now ready for back filling. Had a look around and found a … Read More

Green Laids II

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Green Laids Pot II Monday 11th Sept & Thursday 14th Dave R, Rich B Continued capping and entrance stabilisation/stock proofing. Green Laids II is now stock proof but still some way to go before recent collapse is full and stable. This would be an ideal site for tuition. Dave

Illusion Pot – Perfida

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Bill Sherrington and myself (Lionel Rice) nearly reached the end of the crawl. At one point we thought we were pushing new stuff but the passage does flood and evidence of previous visits is masked. I did a write up but did not circulate after trying in vain to obtain a survey to accompany the article. I will be putting it in the RRCPC Newsletter as they like old stuff. Without checking my records we did the trip in july … Read More

Illusion Pot – Perfida

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hi sam, me & martin holroyd went back after andy walsh ,and dug through another arch section into aprox 20+metres of extension .to another low section which we also spent some time digging. dig looks ok and probably worth a re visit by somebody. trip to end is not that bad if wearing knee pads and carrying water.pete oneill

Illusion Pot – Perfida

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Dave ramsay and Bill Sheerrington went there 2 years ago in the summer in a dry spell. There was definately a difficult duck to negotiaTE THAT WOULD BE BEST BAILed . tHIS IS AT THE ARSE END OF THE PLACE after loads of crawling . The duck is a water logged dig which would be more difficult on the return.

Cresent Pot water

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Does anyone know if the tracer test which is drawn on the hydrological map (figure 2) in T. M. Whitaker’s article in The Caver 1986 pg 64-74 was carried out or is inferred from the article in LUUSS 3, which is his only reference to Crescent pot? It suggests that Crescent Pot drains to Keld Head. If inferred does any one know is a tracer test of the water of Crescent has been carried out? Just wondering in Boot Trapper … Read More